Hello Altenew friends! Norine here with you today with a card design that has been percolating in my head for a bit and now that it has been “born” I can share it with you! I'll be honest, the idea isn't original with me – none ever is – but came about as I walked on the street where I live, and passed a gift shop window with tissue paper puffs filling the tops of paper cones and the first thing I thought was, mmmm I'd like some cotton candy right now…. and then I thought, that would make a pretty card design! And here we are!
It's not quite tissue paper poms, but it's maybe even better? I used the Summer Swirls stamp set, stamped the two cones in the set onto masking paper and cut off the bottoms but left the tops with a 1/4th” margin around the sides and top.
Then I positioned the ice-cream masks where I knew I wanted the flowers to go, and stamped the three cones to line up below. If I'd had (a lot) more time, I might have tried to figure out how I could mask and stamp the flowers and leaves too, for a truly single layered card, but I also think the extra dimension of the cut out and layered flowers and leaves is 100% lucious!
Because I planned to use the vibrantly colored Watercolor Brush Pens to color these, I stamped on Strathmore smooth cardstock for a smoother blend of colors, but this could work just as nicely on watercolor paper I'm sure. I stamped a couple of the blooms from the Perfectly Perfect stamp set and some blooms and leaves from the Flower Garden stamp set and paint/colored them all.
I used a mix of the brightest shades of pink, purple and orange, laying down deeper hues in the corners and against edges where the shadows would lay, then used either a clean wet brush or a lighter shade of brush pen to draw the deeper pigment out toward the edges, and let the colors lighten and blend.
Once the shapes were all dry, I fussy cut them and fiddled with the arrangements on the tops of the cones until I was happy. I used liquid adhesive to adhere them down, putting drops of glue only on the centers of each piece so that their edges could lift and have a more dynamic look. I added a sentiment from the Versatile Vases stamp set, stamping with Obsidian Pigment ink and heat embossing with clear embossing powder as I had done for the cones and flowers.
This kind of project is so fun and simple to create, and I hope you've been inspired to give it, or something similar, a try too! Thank you for stopping by today and have a wonderful day!
Love when real life inspiration can be turned into a beautiful card! Super pretty!! Love the dimension and watercoloring :)
So fun and beautiful!!
This is such a cute idea for the cones as vases… I wish I was better at coloring 😢
Such a cute idea! Love the card!
Norine, I just love your card! I actually had an ice cream cone last night, but I should have waited until today and settled for your beautiful card instead. It would have saved me the calories and I would have been able to enjoy the beauty of your creation for ever. You are one of my favorite artists!
You have created a real summer refreshing bouquet. I love the creativity.
so very pretty!!
Absolutely fabulous! Love the bright flowers and the adorable ice cream plant holders! I can hardly wait to borrow your idea. Love your work!
WOW, what a unique and beautiful design…LOVE this card!
This is awesome! Love it!
Beautiful card!! Love your flower cones!!!
This is so pretty! Love it!
What a great card… love the concept and design, AND the beautiful coloring of your flowers. Thanks for the inspiration!
This card is awesome! So creative and unique, love the colors, thanks for sharing.
What a brilliant idea!! I absolutely LOVE your flower filled cones!
Brilliant idea, yes you could have masked it with the flowers, but it is so much better with the flowers standing off of the paper❣️ It really pops. A very cool idea.🤗
The cone card is happy with brilliant colors. I love it and will be making them soon.